I just saw the movie Pumping Iron for the first time.
I have to admit it felt good seeing people train with a little intensity (using both HITer and weightlifter definition) and dare I say... passion.
The guys didnt use textbook form and from the looks of it they "allowed" themselves to deviate from their programs. If Arnold challenged someone to do 2 extra reps - they didnt put down the weight and say that their program clearly prescribed otherwise.
What I also enjoyed was seeing Arnold and company eating at a restaurant like "normal" people. Sure they ate much larger quantities, but there was no bitching and moaning about such and such a meal should only contain 34.5 grams of carbs etc.
This is a far cry from the test tube environment that gym-goers now train in.
If you use any "body english" on an exercise you'll imidiately have a trainer or selfproclaimed gym expert telling you that you'll blow your back out. Its as if they'd rather see you in a ski squat position against the wall curling pink dumbells with perfect form.
Also in contrast - bodybuilding diets nowadays put you a whisker away from an obsessive compulsive disorder. Always calculating/ weighing every gram of food that you eat and timing it for windows of opportunity...
I know, I know, everyone is now using "scientific" appraoch to maximize their gains.
Oddly enough, with all the information we have now there were probably more strong and better built lifters using primitive methods than now.
And yes, I know they were on juice and that allowed them to get away with absolutely everything (read sarcasticly), but that doesnt explain the results produced by pre-steroid lifters.
Anyways, if any of you havent seen the movie already I'd recommend that you see it. The movie itself isnt that great, but its interesting to see how the gym scene has changed in the last 25 years.